4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… vegetables: Be organic-savvy. When you buy organic, you reduce your exposure to pesticides and you support a way of farming that’s good for the planet. And a new analysis by Consumer Reports’ scientists has good news for people who find that organic produce is unavailable or too expensive: It identified 23 conventional fruits and vegetables considered low risks for pesticide residue. Many summer favorites (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and watermelon, for instance) are on the list. But …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

By John Kimelman | June 9, 2015 Most investors can do just fine by buying a fund pegged to the S&P 500 or focusing on a list of 10 stocks with solid dividends. But that would be so square, man. Indeed, most investment stories churned out each day are the kind your parents’ generation could easily relate to. But sprinkled in amidst the conventional fare are occasional stories that play on themes that might have once seemed suited only for the counterculture. In recent months, for example, …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

… set standards for organic certification. It also created the National Organic standards Board to oversee – in the absence of healthier alternatives – which synthetic materials could be used in the production and processing of organic food. Under USDA rules, these materials would automatically exit a National list of Allowed and Prohibited Substances after five years – unless, after considering public comment, two-thirds of the members of the organic standards board voted to …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… 10 foods to your grocery list, your money will go further in terms of your shopping budget, as well as your health. The average prices listed below were gathered from various sources, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). Nutritional information was provided by a variety of sources including NutritionData.com. If you’re concerned that prices may rise significantly when buying organic, don’t worry. There are easy ways to buy organic foods on a …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

  Oregon could join the list of states to ban microbeads, a popular exfoliating agent found in face wash and other hygienic products. House Bill 3478 would phase in restrictions on the plastic beads, which often slip past water treatment systems and into the ocean. There, fish mistake them for food, eat them and become contaminated with toxins. Oregon’s ban would not apply to the sale of over-the-counter drugs. Effective immediately, neonicotinoids can no longer be used on Portland …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

By Marianne Barriaux, AFP – Posted 7th March 2015 Geneva (AFP) – Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again. Countless studies show that natural disasters on average kill more women than men — 90 percent female fatalities in some cases, prevent girls from going to school, increase the threat of sexual assault. And the list goes on. This issue has leapt to the …

CNN Explores the World’s Most Endangered Places – MensJournal.com

On Sunday March 1 at 10:00 p.m. EST, CNN will debut The Wonder list with Bill Weir, which sends the primetime news anchor into some of the world’s most far-flung destinations — from the obscure volcanic islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific to the vacation hotspot of Venice, Italy. But The Wonder list is not your typical travel show. Each destination is on the brink of massive disruption, either from an environmental force, like climate change, or from the pressure of human development, …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

… part of a memorandum of understanding with the NSW government. “The Narrabri Gas Project is a dud for north west NSW residents, it’s a dud for Santos shareholders, it’s a dud for the NSW government,” Phil Herbert, a farmer from Mary’s Mount, said. “Santos has failed yet again to meet a commitment they made. Santos offer no certainty for our region, just broken promises and a long list of pollution events. “It’s time the government takes note that …